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Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton 2017

On December 11, 2017   |   By kiteworldmag.com

Olly and Steph Bridge take out the 2017 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race

 

 

Team Bridge won the eighth edition of the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race in Fremantle, Western Australia over the weekend – a repeat performance of the 2014 race.

In 17kn winds and clear skies, Olly was ahead of the pack for most of the race, cutting along at a steady pace from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach Fremantle in 19 minutes 34 seconds, 42 seconds ahead of second placewinner Theo De Ramecourt from France.

 

 

This was Ollys second Lighthouse to Leighton win (he won in 2014) and his fifth run at the race. The 20-year-old competed in 2015 and 2016 but had mishaps in each of those years so it was a case of third time lucky.

I didnt have any crashes this year, I was in front from the start line and managed to get away from the other guys early, Olly said.At the start there wasnt enough wind, only the guys with the hydrofoils could have raced. But thanks to the delay there was enough wind for everybody to ride. It was a good decision.

 

 

Ollys mum Steph won her fourth successive Lighthouse to Leighton convincingly, in 25 minutes 12 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of the next fastest female, and 12th overall. This year the whole Bridge clan was over from the UK and taking part including husband Eric and sons Olly (20), Guy (18) and Tom (16). She said with the whole family racing she was definitely in a different mindset to when she races on her own.

 

 

I was thinking Guy or Olly could have won, both were in a position to do well. Poor Tom had a kite tangle at the start so he was out for the race so I was disappointed for him, Eric just wanted to get from A to B, and myself – I was borrowing a foil and a board. Were sharing kites and I got left the little kite! I wanted to make sure everyone had left the beach before I took off. Its a race which is about taking part. Of course, were all in it to do our best and its great to have everyone racing. Ill be back next year to get a better time again, she said.

 

 

Winner of the Mens Twin Tip category was New South Wales kiteboarder Jordan Girdis in a time of 28 minutes 8 seconds, and Womens Twin Tip winner was Colleen Carroll from the United States who finished the race in 33 minutes 7 seconds, her first time in the Lighthouse to Leighton.

This years Marc Sprod Memorial Trophy, awarded to the fastest West Australian, was presented to 17-year-old Mani Bisschops from Nedlands. Mani finished fifth overall in a time of 21:40. It was a special award for him as he knew Marc through his dad when they all regularly kited in the same area.Australian Rules Football sensation and Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe raced his second Lighthouse to Leighton and said he was glad to make it to the finish.

 

 

At the start everything that could go wrong did go wrong but I got over the line in the end so it was good fun. In light winds its easier on your body, its different muscles to what Im using playing footy. Fyfe said.Last years Twin Tip division winner and five-time world champion Aaron Hadlow placed second in the Twin Tip this year, finishing 29:39. He said the light winds created a challenge.

 

 

I had a good start but it was tough in the middle and I was having a battle for wind with another competitor. It gets a bit frustrating when you are going as fast as you can but you cant make the kite go any faster. It was good fun though, he said.

140 local, interstate and international kiteboarders took on the 19km open ocean race the largest number of competitors in the events history. Winners shared more than $9000 in prizemoney. The race record of 19 minutes and three seconds, set by Frenchman Nico Parlier last year, still stands.

 

For more event information visit www.lighthouse2leighton.com.au

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